SHANGHAI– The Chinese authorities have lifted the ban on foreign radio presenters.
Scottish host Frank Hossack’s show on Shanghai Radio’s news channel is the first dedicated news slot run by a foreigner under reforms by local conglom Shanghai Media Entertainment Group.
The content remains fixed by state news agency Xinhua, but Hossack’s team controls the wording in English, a degree of freedom unimaginable a year ago.
In related news, 60-year-old Shanghai Radio has merged with Dongfang Radio — the station set up in 1992 to break Shanghai Radio’s monopoly. The stations were run by the same management and had a similar list of programs that included pop, chat, lifestyle features and political news.
Dongfang now runs both channels with programming separated into a pop music frequency and a classical music frequency. The Shanghai Radio moniker applies to a third, news-only channel. With a potential audience of 50 million in the Yangtze Delta area, Dongfang is the largest local radio station in China.